The Montclair Film Festival ended their Summer Movie Series with the showing of John Hughes 1985 classic ‘The Breakfast Club’. The arguably all-time best high school flick ever made, and on of Hughes most identifiable works.
This film strikes a chord with everyone who sees it, and tonight was no different. Pre-movie entertainment consisted of a collection of some of the best music from the 80s(Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Modern English….), which got the crowd in the mood for one of the best, hard-hitting films ever to come out of the 80s. The crowd seemed excited for this film to begin, especially after the success of the rest of the summer series. It was a beautiful night or an outdoor film, even though I felt a few raindrops fall during the start of the movie at a little before 9:00, the weather immediately cleared as a perfect breeze moved in for the rest of the night.
Both young and old attended, this wasn’t just a student event. Those who remembered ‘The Breakfast Club’ from the 80s in the theaters attended, those who have been introduced to the classic on VHS and DVD, and those who had never seen this ‘must see’ film before. The crowd easily exceeded 250 individuals, and as with the previous outdoor showing of ‘Big’, this movie attracted passers by all night.
Everyone enjoyed hearing the multitude of classic lines from this film, such as; “So it’s sorta social, demented and sad, but social, Right?”, “Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?”.
This film does a masterful job of bringing you back to your teen years, bringing up memories of the ‘cliques’ back in high school and how the we’re so different and yet so very much alike. ‘The Breakfast Club’ started out as five very different teenagers who for one reason or another ended up in detention, and quickly became a group who recognized the need for support and encouragement.
With the summer ending on a high note with the successful showing of ‘The Breakfast Club’, I look forward to future showings of more classic movies in and around the Montclair, New Jersey area.